CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Frank Keefe Trophy returns to Cambridge for the third time in five years as the Harvard women's swimming and diving team captured its 13th Ivy League crown on Saturday evening. Tallying a total of 1,616 points over the four days, the Crimson beat out Yale by a 125.5 margin – the first 100-point margin since 2013.
"Fantastic competition all around," says the Costin Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving Stephanie Wriede Morawski. "We're so excited to be a part of this strong league. Our success is due to the strong leadership from our captains, and upperclassmen. Every single person played a very important role, and I'm really proud of all of them!
"l also want to thank coaches Amanda Kulik and Tracey Bird. Their guidance and mentorship had a tremendous effect on the positive culture of this team all year."
Sophomore Miki Dahlke was named the High Point Swimmer of the Meet after three first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, and 100 freestyle. On the final day of the championship, Dahlke broke the Harvard program record along with the Blodgett Pool record in the 100 freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 48.64.
Senior Jing Leung was named the Ron Keenhold Career High-Point Diver with 201 points for her career. Over the four-day meet, Leung posted a fifth-place finish in the three-meter dive registering 290.70, while finishing seventh in the one-meter on day two, scoring 261.30 points.
One the final day of the championship, freshman Michelle Owens posted a top-three finish in the mile freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 16:36.80, but Yale was closing the gap. The Bulldogs picked up first and second place points in the mile, along with third and fifth place points in the 200 backstroke, but it was not enough to topple the Crimson.
Over the four day tournament, 11 Blodgett Pool records were broken, four by Crimson swimmers, including three by Dahlke. Dahlke became the new owner of the Harvard and Blodgett records in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while sharing the honor in the 200 and 800 freestyle relay with Kennidy Quist, Geordie Enoch, and Meagan Popp in the 800, and Ingrid Wall, Jerrica Li, and Mei Lynn Colby in the 200.
2018 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Final Results
1. Harvard 1,616
2. Yale 1,490.5
3. Princeton 1,301
4. Penn 921.5
5. Columbia 720
6. Brown 712
7. Cornell 606
8. Dartmouth 475